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City of Kankakee Electricity?

Posted by staff Jan 13, 2012, Updated June 16, 2012

Considering changing to FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., the City of Kankakee’s choice for electric supplier?

Get the information you need to make an informed decision:

  1. Read the signed contract between the City of Kankakee and FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. (obtained by FOIA request)
  2. Read about the consultant Kankakee hired: Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative (NIMEC) hired. Read what other Illinois Mayors and administrators have to say about them.
  3. Review your current contracts made by Kankakee government on your behalf.
    • No contracts were found on the City of Kankakee website
    • See how the City of Wilmette, IL, population 27,628, posts their contracts.
    • See how the City of Carbondale, population 25,092, posts their online check registry.
  4. Are you happy with the way the City is handling your garbage, water, sewer, public works, electronic recycling?
  5. Is the City of Kankakee passing savings to you now?
  6. How can I obtain my own retail electric supplier and manage my own electricity?

Garbage! Kankakee overcharging residents $12.50/month

Posted by staffJan 11, 2012. Updated May 25, 2012

Why is the City of Kankakee’s contract with Allied so high compared to Bourbonnais, Bradley and other towns* in Illinois? Or is it?

At the Kankakee City Council Meeting November, 1, 2010, Mr. Richard Simms, Superintendent of Environmental Services Utility, explained that what the City was paying ABC Disposal, Inc. in their 2010 contract works out to a monthly per-household rate of around $17.00. Continue reading

Abraham Lincoln seated Feb 1865 by Gardiner Library of Congress

“that government
of the people, by the people, for the people,
shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
November 19, 1863

Small Town
When you do not stand up
when government and power
retaliate to shut you up,
when you cower under cover,
never speaking up,
you become the attacker,
you give government power
to attack another and another.
You are attacked because
the person before you cowered.
The next is attacked because of you.
So on your feet!
Do not whisper,
do not hide pretending
you do not see,
speak out, loud, here, now,
like you live in America,
before it’s gone.
Joanie Liesenfelt
October 3, 2013
Who will try?
Citizen Media Law Project: Legal Resources for Citizen Journalists
Thank Nelson Mandela
for his incredible work
for peace and justice
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Nelson Mandela is a world leader and example of peace and justice.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner fought apartheid and campaigned against the racist policies of the South African government despite strong opposition. No matter how many times he was discouraged from his mission or jailed for political offenses, Mandela never gave up his fight for justice.
Mandela wasn't afraid to speak his mind and stand up for what he believed. In his efforts, he has changed the world for the better. And his passionate conviction has inspired many others to do the same.
For today's Daily Action, pledge to do what you can in your own life to promote tolerance and justice. Visit Care2 make a difference
“Nobody home!
Steal My Plumbing!
Trash Me!”
Posted by 6-2-2013
Most street-wise people know not to be a victim of crime. Never flash a large roll of cash or open a very full wallet in plain site. Avoid bragging about your Mercedes out in the lot. Avoid certain neighborhoods at all times. Avoid others at peak crime hours. Don’t pick fights in bars. Carry a real police whistle. Carry pepper spray.
These hints aren’t anything new. Criminals needn’t be the brightest bulbs in the lamp to victimize people successfully. Following the hints buys you an edge.
Protecting yourself is frequently straight-forward. Protecting property may be a tad more complex. But, again, basic cautions are simple, particularly when protecting, say, your house.
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